Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr David Williams made the comment during a briefing Monday afternoon, just hours after 1,242 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 new deaths were reported by the Department of Health.
The latter number brings Ontario’s seven-day average to 1,105. This represents a 20% increase. 100 compared to last week when it was 919.
“I am concerned about the withdrawal. Not just sidelining myself, but generally listening to the evidence and the science, ”Williams said. “People are getting fake science (CIS) and misinformation from different media sources and social media and I think you really need to make sure you are listening to the public health experts in your area. Hear what your medical officer of health has to say, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health. We all have the same message, so we need you to log back in. ”
Of the new cases reported on Monday, 483 were in Toronto, which is a new one-day high for the city.
There were also 279 new cases in Peel, 107 in York Region, 37 in Halton Region and 14 in Durham Region.
The overall percentage of positivity also reached 4.37%, with the province performing just 28,401 tests in the past 24 hours. This is down from 35,577 for the previous period.
Speaking to reporters, Williams said if everyone followed the ‘one-T’ public health advice, hard-hit areas like Peel and Toronto could be back in the green under the province’s color code. for COVID-19 restrictions in three or four weeks.
Unfortunately, he recognized that such a widespread change might not be possible immediately.
“It’s pretty ambitious because people at this point, I think, are suffering from COVID fatigue,” he said. “We have to make sure we look at these numbers with a certain level of sobriety and say that this is a worrying trend and direction.”
Nearly 10,000 active cases
There are now 9,514 active cases of novel coronavirus infection in the province, up from 7,981 earlier this month.
Six of Monday’s deaths involved residents of the long-term care system.
Ontario added 1,328 new cases Sunday, 1,132 Saturday, 1,003 Friday and 998 Thursday.
At a press conference earlier today, Williams said the growth in new cases was just above the scenario modeling forecast developed in October – 800 to 1,200 new cases per day.
But according to the modeling, in the worst-case scenario, the daily growth of cases in Ontario could reach 2,000 by the middle of the month and, in his subsequent presentation, Williams suggested that the new modeling could be released on Thursday.
“You have to get people’s attention and part of that is not with hyperbole but with data and real facts,” he said.
The province says hospitalizations have fallen from seven to 367 across the province, with 84 patients in intensive care and 54 breathing using a ventilator, but officials have warned dozens of hospitals do not have them. data provided Sunday.
But a tally of data from local hospital networks and public health units revealed 400 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the province.